Department of Human Services (Australia)

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For the Victorian Department of Human Services, see Government of Victoria.
Department of Human Services
Department overview
Formed 26 October 2004 (2004-10-26)[1]
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Headquarters Forrest, Australian Capital Territory[2]
Employees 34,757 (at June 2014)[3]
Minister responsible Marise Payne,
Minister for Human Services
Department executive Kathryn Campbell, Secretary (since 2011)[4]
Child agencies Australian Hearing
Centrelink
Austrade
Child Support Agency
CRS Australia
Medicare Australia
Website www.humanservices.gov.au
The Caroline Chisholm Centre in Tuggeranong houses one of DHS' main offices.

The Australian Department of Human Services (also called DHS) is a department of the Government of Australia charged with responsibility for delivering a range of welfare, public aid, health and other services to the people of Australia.

The Department of Human Services delivers its services through a portfolio of two organisations and three departmental master programs:[5]

The head of the department is the Secretary of the Department of Human Services, currently Kathryn Campbell,[4] who is responsible to the Minister for Human Services, Senator the Hon. Marise Payne.

History[edit]

The Department of Human Services was created on 26 October 2004 as part of the Australian Government's Finance and Administration portfolio. At the time of the department's creation, it incorporated the Child Support Agency and CRS Australia.

The Human Services Legislation Amendment Act 2011 integrated the services of Centrelink, Medicare Australia and CRS Australia into the Department of Human Services, with effect from 1 July 2011.

The Secretary at the Department's establishment in 2004 was Patricia Scott.[8] Helen Williams was appointed Secretary of the Department in 2007.[9] Finn Pratt succeeded Williams in September 2009 after her retirement from the public service.[1][9]

Responsibilities[edit]

Currently, the Department of Human Services is responsible for administering the following Australian legislation.

  • Australian Hearing Services Act 1991
  • Human Services (Centrelink) Act 1997
  • Human Services (Medicare) Act 1973[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b CA 9004: Department of Human Services, Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 12 December 2013 
  2. ^ Towell, Noel (11 December 2013). "Centrelink boss Kathryn Campbell keeps three offices despite cutbacks". The Canberra Times (Fairfax Media). Archived from the original on 11 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Australian Public Service Commission (2014), Main features:APS at a glance, archived from the original on 5 October 2014 
  4. ^ a b "Secretary of the Department of Human Services". Department of Human Services. Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "About us". Department of Human Services. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "About Us". Australian Hearing. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Organisational structure". CRS Australia. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  8. ^ Howard, John (22 October 2004). "Appointment of Secretaries" (Press release). Archived from the original on 19 November 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Rudd, Kevin (13 August 2009). "Departmental secretaries and statutory office-holders, Canberra" (Press release). Archived from the original on 10 November 2013. 
  10. ^ https://www.dpmc.gov.au/parliamentary/docs/aao_20131212_signed.pdf. Retrieved 21 July 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)